Simulation of a chicken abattoir
This year, NIRAS presents a case in Speaker’s Corner on how you can develop a digital version, a digital twin, of your food production site and simulate your operations.
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Condense decision making and build common understanding with NIRAS suite of simulation tools

At Speakers Corner at the upcoming Anuga FoodTec 2018, you can experience how NIRAS’ suite of simulation tools allows you to mirror your existing or future design virtually.

14. Mar 2018

For some years, NIRAS has successfully used a suite of simulation tools to help clients optimise the design of future factories and operations in existing factories. At Anuga FoodTec in Cologne, our simulation specialists Lars Christian Jacobsen and Jacob Christian Møller will elaborate on the advantages of using simulation tools.

It takes place at Speaker's Corner on Tuesday 20 March from 12.30 - 13.00.

The Digital Twin

The simulation toolbox enables NIRAS to build a digital twin of any given factory, where the functionality of the factory is detailed to individual machines, operators, conveyors, forklifts, buffers, stocks, incoming raw materials trucks, finished materials goods etc.

All elements in the simulation have detailed configurations reflecting the real world: Performance; speed depending on products; flow patterns depending on rules from the real world; break down patterns and maintenance schedules.

When the model is configured, different scenarios for operations can be tested based on real data, e.g. orders from a specific week. The model runs in real time and simulates not only bottlenecks but also when and why the bottlenecks arise. It gives the viewer a “bird’s eye view” of the factory with the ability to focus on specific problems.

A clever tool for decision making

In large modern production facilities with complex production lines, increased complexity in orders and lower margins, it can be difficult to find the root of the problems. The Digital Twin can simulate the processes in a visually appealing way and therefore it may be used as a strong communication tool in workshops to build a common understanding among audiences with different backgrounds or with different experience with the company. Or it can be used to explore the robustness of a design far better than traditional peak or average calculations.

Future-proof solution

Once the model is developed, the parameters can be changed using MS Excel eliminating the need for simulation expertise or programmers.

You can also meet our experienced Food and Beverage specialists in Hall 10.1 - Stand C100.